The United Nations Correspondents Association

The United Nations Correspondents Association is pleased to announce the winners of the 2019 UNCA Awards.

On Friday, December 6th, 2019 the United Nations Correspondents Association (UNCA) celebrated the winners of the 2019 UNCA Awards for best print, broadcast and online media coverage of the United Nations, U.N. agencies and field operations. The 24th annual UNCA Awards took place at Cipriani 55 Wall Street in New York. with Guest of honor: UN Secretary-General António Guterres and Ashley Judd, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Goodwill Ambassador as 2019 UNCA Global Advocate of the Year.

The Elizabeth Neuffer Memorial Prize

for written media, (including online media) sponsored by The Alexander Bodini Foundation

Elizabeth Neuffer Sketch Portrait

Elizabeth Neuffer, the Boston Globe bureau chief at the United Nations, died while on assignment in Baghdad in 2003. She was a model journalist who proved throughout her career that objectivity does not have to mean neutrality. She was passionate, courageous and compassionate, drawing attention to the forgotten places in the world and to the overlooked victims of war. She explored the forces that can ignite fratricidal and genocidal conflict and her work helped inspire the movement that led to the creation of the International Criminal Court. Personally, her colleagues in UNCA treasure her for her inveterate good humour, which counterbalanced her deadly serious explorations of the darker sides of modern history.

Gold Medal Recipient

David Wainer - 2019 Elizabeth Neuffer Foundation Gold Medal Recipient

David Wainer

Bloomberg News

David Wainer is a correspondent at the United Nations and was previously based in Tel Aviv, where he reported on economics and politics in Israel and the Palestinian territories. Through his reporting, David showed that the Trump administration’s “America First” approach has left a widening void at the United Nations that is increasingly being filled by China. The Trump administration’s approach has forced UN leaders to cut back on their programs, leaving gaps in the activities of UN missions worldwide.

Silver Medal Recipient

Ian Williams - 2019 Elizabeth Neuffer Foundation Silver Medal Recipient

Ian Williams

Al Jazeera Media Network

Ian Williams graduated from Liverpool University in the UK, He has been covering the UN since 1989. Ian provided in-depth and original reporting on allegations of serious abuse of power by a small circle of the most senior leaders of UNRWA, the UN’s Refugee Agency for Palestinians. His coverage sheds light on a confidential report by UNRWA’s internal ethics office, which accuses top UNRWA officials of abuses ­of authority for personal gain. The UN opened an investigation based on the ethics report.

Bronze Medal Recipient

Guillaume Pajot - 2019 Elizabeth Neuffer Foundation Bronze Medal Recipient

Guillaume Pajot

XXI Magazine

Guillaume has been covering Myanmar since 2012. He writes for GEO, Libération, Mediapart and has been nominated to the Bayeux Award of war correspondents and the Albert-Londres Prize. “The cursed children of Myanmar” written for the Paris-based XXI Magazine started with young children cooking, cleaning and doing the laundry in households that pay them US$10 a month in some of the poorest parts of Myanmar. The government admitted there are some 1.3 million children whose families are forcing them to work in mines, workshops and restaurants.

Guillaume’s Winning Story (Français)

The cursed children of Myanmar

Les Enfants Maudits de Birmanie

The Ricardo Ortega Memorial Prize

for broadcast (TV & Radio) media

Ricordo Ortega Sketch Portrait

Ricardo Ortega, formerly the New York correspondent for Antena 3 TV of Spain, was one of the leading Spanish journalists of his generation. His determination to bear witness first hand to what was happening around the world took him to dozens of countries. His war reporting from Afghani- stan, Chechnya, Yugoslavia and Georgia was especially notable and he had a reputation for honesty, independence, determination and courage shown, for example, by his skeptical coverage of the evidence for Iraqi WMD’s presented to UN. He was killed by gunfire while covering Haiti on March 2004.

Gold Medal Recipient

Mohamed Abo-elgheit - 2019 Ricardo Ortega Memorial Gold Medal Recipient

Mohamed Abo-elgheit

Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism (ARIJ)

Abo-elgheit is an award-winning investigative journalist and columnist. He is a contractor with Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism (ARIJ), and works as a producer for Alaraby Tv. The “Yemen and The Global Arms Trade” film by Mohamed has made a huge impact and was translated from Arabic into English, German and Spanish. It documented the origins of millions of weapons used by warring parties in the war in Yemen that began in 2015.

Mohamed’s Winning Story

ARIJ Weapons Documentary | DW YouTube

Joint Silver Medal Recipients

Benedict Moran - 2019 Ricardo Ortega Memorial Joint Silver Medal Recipient

Benedict Moran

PBS Newshour

Benedict Moran is a journalist and independent filmmaker who covers humanitarian emergencies and human rights.

Jorgen Samso is a Danish journalist based in Belgrade, Serbia, from where he covers the Western Balkans as part of euronews’ team of international correspondents.

Medical authorities and local health organizations have been trying to contain the latest outbreak of the deadly Ebola in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, but the efforts have been severely hampered by fighting between the government and more than 100 armed groups.

Jorgen Samso - 2019 Ricardo Ortega Memorial Joint Silver Medal Recipient

Jorgen Samso

PBS Newshour

The PBS Newshour Team’s Winning Story

Health officials work to contain Ebola outbreak in Congo

Bronze Medal Recipient

Rimma Zabolotna - 2019 Ricardo Ortega Memorial Bronze Medal Recipient

Rimma Zabolotna

Espreso TV, Ukraine

Rimma Zabolotna is a city newspaper editor working in the front-line zone of Donetsk. Rima covered the civil war conflict in Eastern Ukraine, stressing the role of the United Nations and its relevant agencies, like the World Food Program. She visually described the difficult conditions of the ordinary people’s life, especially for their meals and survival. The chicken and eggs she filmed were the best illustration of these difficulties.

Rimma Zabolotna’s Winning Story

FAO distributes chickens in the frontline villages of Donbass

Курчат для жителів прифронтових сіл роздає ФАО – YouTube

The Prince Albert II of Monaco and UNCA Global Prize

for coverage of Climate Change

Prince Albert II Foundation Monogram

Since His accession to the Throne in 2005, Prince Albert II of Monaco has made sustainable development His priority. Through His personal leadership, he has committed to promote the well-being of vulnerable communities and the sustainable and equitable management of natural resources.

Gold Medal Recipient

A.Z.M Anas - 2019 Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation Gold Medal Recipient

A.Z.M Anas

The Financial Express Dhaka, Bangladesh

A.Z.M Anas serves as economics editor at The Financial Express in Dhaka. He is also a freelance reporter for The New Humanitarian. Abu wrote an eye-opening series of articles on the grave environmental challenges in his native Bangladesh, which sits on a massive river delta and is especially vulnerable to climate change. His articles document alarming erosion and landslides contributing to economic dislocation and uncontrolled migration.

Silver Medal Recipient

Lucy Sherriff - 2019 Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation Silver Medal Recipient

Lucy Sherriff

Freelance (Multimedia)

Lucy Sherriff is a freelance multimedia journalist based between LA and Colombia, covering environmental justice and climate change in North and Latin America for Mongabay, BBC, CNN, PRI, and NBC.
Her powerful on-the-ground reports on environment threats to the natural resources in Columbia were carried by the Mongabay website as well as the BBC and the Washington Post. Her article revealed how a local coal mine threatened the way of life of the indigenous Wayuu of La Guajira in the country’s north.

Bronze Medal Recipient

Nathanial Gronewold - 2019 Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation Bronze Medal Recipient

Nathanial Gronewold

E&E News, Asia-Pacific

Nathanial Gronewold is an environment and energy journalist with over 15 years’ experience. For 7 years he reported from United Nations Headquarters in New York City. Nathanial raised public awareness about the issue of seabed mining and the work of the Jamaica-based International Seabed Authority (ISA). The ISA, once an obscure U.N. agency, is under pressure to permit seabed mining of rare minerals and metals for electric car batteries and other technologies in demand as a result of climate change.

UNCA Awards Judges:

Antonio Carlucci
Curtis Stephen
Ralph Engelman
David Liu
Georges Leclere
Pierre Fabian